PTC Seminar: Feb. 23, 2021

Date: February 23, 2021 2:00 pm (ET)


  • Joshua Pottel
    Molecular Forecaster Inc.
  • Peter Limacher
    SAP Security Research


Joshua Pottel
Molecular Forecaster Inc. 

From PhD to CEO: kickstarting Molecular Forecaster and supporting research


I lead Molecular Forecaster Inc. (MFI, a reliable, self-sustaining computational chemistry service provider, developing its own software for application in various drug discovery campaigns.

I am trained as a computational chemist with a focus in drug discovery. I completed my PhD at McGill University in the lab of Prof. Nicolas Moitessier, and went on to a postdoc with Prof. Brian Shoichet at UCSF. I am now combining my domain expertise and entrepreneurial spirit to grow a sustainable service and software provider in drug discovery. More broadly, I hope to be a critical contributor to a growing Canadian biotech sector in both scientific research and fostering entrepreneurship.


Peter Limacher
SAP Security Research

How a strong background in quantum mechanics can boost your career in a software company.

Dr. Peter Limacher is a senior researcher at SAP Security Research. He obtained his PhD degree at ETH Zurich in the field of Quantum Chemistry in 2010. After that, he was conducting his post-doctoral research at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, funded by fellowships of the Swiss National Science Foundation. He joined SAP in 2018, where he drives research on quantum technologies with a specific focus on security-relevant aspects.